Maybe Carolina coach Ron Rivera likes intrigue.
Hey, coach, who're you going to start in the regular-season opener against Arizona?
I'm not telling, Rivera will say with a smile, or a pat on the back for the reporter asking the question, or, on Monday, with both.
Rivera said Monday he plans to announce a regular-season starter before next week's exhibition at Cincinnati. He can drag out the mystery if he chooses. Long practices probably bore coaches, too.
But there is no mystery.
Although the announcement has yet to come, Cam Newton will start at quarterback against the Cardinals.